**The Official Shoe Care Thread: Tutorials, Photos, etc.**

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Mr. Moo, Feb 28, 2011.

  1. mrjester

    mrjester Senior member

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    There's a little weird blotch on one of my Westminsters. Not from me, as they arrived yesterday. I noticed them while giving them a shine.

    I don't REALLY care, as it's one of those things that I'll only notice. It does look a little more harsh in real life though.

    Is this something that would take a god-awful amount of work to fix if I ever wanted to?

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  2. meister

    meister Senior member

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    That well could be moisture trapped under the wax/finish.
     


  3. mrjester

    mrjester Senior member

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    You are 100% right. Gone now. Wondered why I didn't notice it before. Thank you sir.
     


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    so I found a pair of shoes that I really like, but they have basket weave on the vamp. How does someone take care of basket weave? you can't really polish it or just some conditioner?
     


  5. patrickBOOTH

    patrickBOOTH Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    You can condition and polish it. It will just take a bit more effort.
     


  6. aglose

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    Polish it with wax? I feel like more would get stuck in between the weave then on the leather.
     


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    patrickBOOTH Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I mean don't glob it on, just practically stain an old cloth with some and wipe it on. If that is too wild maybe try dabbing it with shoe cream.
     


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    I'll give it a shot. thanks for the help!
     


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    totally agree with that!! i think renovateur and creme universelle has the amount of waxes in them to give them a really nice shine!!!
     


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    Osiris2012 Senior member

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    Hey shoe guru's quick question, to darken the colour of a shoe is it preferable to go with a creme polish over a wax or vice versa?
     


  11. benhour

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    i would go first wax (probably only wax) and then creme if you want to!! it ll be a lot easyer to clean them if you dont like the outcome [​IMG]
     


  12. Winston S.

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    From what I have read, if you want to change color you should go with cream polish over wax polish.
     


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    patrickBOOTH Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I have read cream first then wax... Cream has more pigments in it and penetrates better, wax kind of just sits on the top.
     
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    Honestly, it depends greatly on the specific shoe and the products in question.......
     


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    Cream, then Paste (wax). Keep in mind that most cream polish includes wax as one of the main ingredients. Even though some manufactures refer to their paste polish as wax polish, it implies that cream polish is not wax based, which can be misleading. Cream polish certainly has a lower wax ratio then paste polish, but the difference is not as great as you might think.

    The reason I mention this that you really don't need to use both cream and paste. Cream will add more color and conditioner to your shoe than paste, and paste will allow you to produce a higher shine. In your case cream would be the better option for affecting the color, but you could add paste as well if you desired a higher shine than cream alone would give you.

    I will note one exception, in that it is easier to localize color (as in adding color to specific areas of the shoe to create an antique effect) when using paste because the higher wax ratio gives you more control over the spread of the polish.
     


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